Michel'e Bertrand M.Ed CCC
- Telephone: 416-619-0442
Michel’e’s practice of psychotherapy emphasizes relational and phenomenological ways of deepening clients’ connection with themselves and with others. The focus of this way of working is to facilitate greater awareness of how we impact and are impacted by others, which offers us greater choice and freedom to re-shape our lives. A key idea in her work is that relationship processes (such as connection, alienation, or abuses or excesses of power) “echo” - from within different layers of the self, through to interpersonal relationships, systems, structures, as well as relationships with the natural world around us, and back. Through noticing and listening to these echoes, the pathway to change becomes clearer, possible, and inviting. Michel’e integrates Relational (Interpersonal, Intersubjective) approaches with Process-Experiential Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Art Therapy to help her do this.
Michel’e started helping others formally when she began doing crisis intervention, peer counseling, advocacy and social justice education over 15 years ago. Ultimately, her earliest social service work, the personal discoveries she made through art, and the impetus to grow in a real way with those closest to her brought her to experience and practice psychotherapy. She earned a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto, and her clinical experience includes university and college counseling centres, hospital outpatient treatment programs, community-based primary care centres, and private practice. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Michel’e works with youth (16+) and adults through bereavement and other kinds of loss, breakups and other relationship transitions, migration and culture shock, other life transitions (work and career, sex/gender transitions, changes in health and ability), as well as through challenges with mood and emotions (i.e. mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, or chronic anger or shame), embodiment or consciousness (i.e. dissociative disorders), or relationship boundaries between self and other that often underlie personality disorders (e.g “borderline personality disorder”). She works with individuals, couples and family dyads. Her office is with the Toronto Healing Arts Centre at Bloor and Christie, just west of downtown Toronto.